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Kara DioGuardi of American Idol talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about new Bravo Platinum Hit songwriting reality show at ELLE magazines Women in Music event in Los Angeles in April 2011. - Provided courtesy of OTRC
04/30/2013

Former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi, who welcomed her first child in January, has revealed that she had a hysterectomy after she found out she carries the BRCA2 gene mutation, which is linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

The 42-year-old songwriter also told People magazine, which carried the report on Tuesday, April 30, that she suffered a miscarriage while she was on "American Idol." DioGuardi, who left the show in 2010, and husband Mike McCuddy welcomed a son, Greyson, via a gestational surrogate in January.

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01/17/2013
Kara DioGuardi of American Idol talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about new Bravo Platinum Hit songwriting reality show at ELLE magazines Women in Music event in Los Angeles in April 2011. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

Kara DioGuardi, a songwriter and former "American Idol" judge, and her husband Mike McCuddy are set to welcome their first child via a gestational surrogate and plan to name their baby Greyson.

DioGuardi, who is 42 and has struggled for years with fertility issues, announced the news to People magazine on Thursday, January 17.

06/17/2011
Kara DioGuardi appears in a bikini on the season 8 finale of American Idol in 2009. - Provided courtesy of FOX

Kara DioGuardi, a songwriter and former "American Idol" judge, is set to make her Broadway stage debut by starring as murderess Roxie Hart in a revival of the musical "Chicago."

Supermodel Christie Brinkley is currently playing the role and is set to end her run on June 19. Others who have portrayed Hart, who also dances in the Tony-winning show, include Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson, Michelle Williams and Melanie Griffith. Renee Zellweger played the character in a 2002 film.

05/26/2011
Kara DioGuardi appears in a promotional photo for American Idol. - Provided courtesy of Michael Becker / FOX

Kara DioGuardi is set to receive a second Bravo reality show, tentatively titled "KARA."

The 40-year-old songwriter and former "American Idol" judge is already set to judge the cable network's songwriting competition series "Platinum Hit," which also features the singer Jewel and which debuts on May 30.

04/26/2011
Kara DioGuardi appears in a promotional photo for American Idol. - Provided courtesy of Michael Becker / FOX

Kara DioGuardi says her time as a judge on "American Idol" was "torture" and almost prompted her to buy undergarments by the Depend brand, which manufactures adult diapers, due to anxiety over possibly wetting herself from nerves.

The 40-year-old songwriter details her experiences on the FOX singing contest series in her new book, "A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and 'American Idol,'" which was released on Tuesday, April 26 and also contains stories of her past sexual abuse.

04/19/2011
Kara DioGuardi appears in a promotional photo for American Idol. - Provided courtesy of Michael Becker / FOX

Kara DioGuardi, a former "American Idol" judge, says in her new memoir that she was sexually molested as a child and raped as an adult.

The 40-year-old Grammy winner, who stars in the upcoming Bravo songwriting competition series "Platinum Hit," says in the book "A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and 'American Idol,'" set for release on April 26, that a family friend's son touched her inappropriately when she was 11, according to People magazine.

04/19/2011
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Kara DioGuardi of American Idol talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about new Bravo Platinum Hit songwriting reality show at ELLE magazines Women in Music event in Los Angeles in April 2011. - Provided courtesy of OTRC Kara DioGuardi of 'American Idol' talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about new Bravo 'Platinum Hit' songwriting reality show.
11/30/2010
Kara DioGuardi not returning as judge on American Idol next season, report says, amid an apparent series shake-up. - Provided courtesy of Photo courtesy of Michael Becker / FOX

The public might soon have an idea of how all the "American Idol" judge drama went on over the summer.

Former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi will be writing a memoir about her experiences on the show, according to Entertainment Weekly. The book, called "Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, And American Idol ," is due out in store on April 26, 2011.

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